Performing Arts

Balancing Acts

Balancing Acts

From the Tony Award and Laurence Olivier Award-winning former director of London's National Theatre--this is a fascinating, candid, eloquent memoir about his career directing theater, producing films and opera, and working closely with some of the world's...

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Wayne and Ford

Wayne and Ford

John Ford and John Wayne, two titans of classic film, made some of the most enduring movies of all time. The genre they defined—the Western—and the heroic archetype they built still matter today....

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Start to Finish

Start to Finish

A cinephile's dream: the chance to follow legendary director Woody Allen throughout the creation of a film--from inception to premiere--and to enjoy his reflections on some of the finest artists in the history...

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The Platinum Age of Television

The Platinum Age of Television

Television today is better than ever. From The Sopranos to Breaking Bad, Sex and the City to Girls, and Modern Family to Louie,...

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Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Alfred Hitchock, the master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition,...

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Chasing the Last Laugh

Chasing the Last Laugh

From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Hunter, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain’s late-life adventures abroad helped him recover...

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Plays for Three

Plays for Three

PLAYS FOR THREE is a unique anthology of 23 outstanding plays for three actors by an exciting mix of established and emerging playwrights. Everyone’s heard that “Two’s company, three’s a crowd.” That may be true on a date, but...

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William Cameron Menzies

William Cameron Menzies

He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by German expressionism and the work of the great European directors. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches that made clear camera angles, lighting, and the actors’...

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How to Watch a Movie

How to Watch a Movie

From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience. Since first publishing his landmark...

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Keepers

Keepers

From a legendary film critic and movie fan extraordinaire, the highlights reel of a life spent at the movies Richard Schickel has seen, by his own estimate, more than twenty thousand films. He has been a reviewer since 1965...

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Wild Bill Wellman

Wild Bill Wellman

The extraordinary life—the first—of the legendary, undercelebrated Hollywood director known in his day as “Wild Bill” (and he was!) Wellman, whose eighty-two movies (six of them uncredited), many of them iconic; many of them sharp, cold, brutal; others poetic, moving; all of them a lesson in...

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Women of Will

Women of Will

From one of the country’s foremost experts on Shakespeare and theatre arts, actor, director, and master teacher Tina Packer offers an exploration—fierce, funny, fearless—of the women of Shakespeare’s plays. A profound, and profoundly illuminating,...

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Follies of God

Follies of God

An extraordinary book; one that almost magically makes clear how Tennessee Williams wrote; how he came to his visions of Amanda Wingfield, his Blanche DuBois, Stella Kowalski, Alma Winemiller, Lady Torrance, and...

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Big Eyes

Big Eyes

WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH MARGARET KEANEThe full screenplay by award-winning Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for acclaimed director Tim Burton's film Big Eyes, starring...

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"I'll Be There for You"

"I'll Be There for You"

A behind-the-scenes look at Friends, one of the most popular TV shows of all time—a wide-ranging interview with the cast and creators, excerpted from Top of the Rock, by former...

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In Black and White

In Black and White

He was, for decades, one of the most recognizable figures in the cultural landscape, his image epitomizing a golden age of American show business. His career spanned a lifetime, but for years he has remained...

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Acting as a Business

Acting as a Business

An essential handbook for actors–a modern classic–in a newly updated edition.Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable...

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The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character

The Actor's Guide to Creating a Character

William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating...

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Plays for Two

Plays for Two

Plays for Two is a unique anthology of twenty-eight terrific plays for two actors, by a mix of celebrated playwrights and cutting-edge new voices.It takes two to tango—or...

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Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers

Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers

A rich companion volume to George Stevens, Jr.’s much admired book of American Film Institute seminars with the pioneering moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age, this...

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The Tragedy of Mister Morn

The Tragedy of Mister Morn

Vladimir Nabokov’s earliest major work, written when he was twenty-four, is a full-length play in verse of Shakespearean beauty and richness.The story of an incognito...

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The Ordinary Acrobat

The Ordinary Acrobat

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the YearWhen Duncan Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a college student in Paris, everything about it—the...

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The Counselor (Movie Tie-in Edition)

The Counselor (Movie Tie-in Edition)

On the eve of becoming a married man, the Counselor makes a risky entrée into the drug trade—and gambles that the consequences won’t catch up to him....

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Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster

Startlingly handsome, witty, fanatically loyal, charming, scary, and intensely sexual, Burt Lancaster was the quintessential bête du cinéma, one of Hollywood's great stars. He was, as well,...

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